MANILA- The Philippines has the highest number of scholars for the European Union's Erasmus + Programme scholarship this year among member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the EU Delegation in Manila said Thursday.
Thirty-seven Filipinos have qualified for the program and are set to take advanced studies- either masters or doctorate degrees- in different universities across Europe.
The scholarship covers air travel to Europe, tuition, and a monthly living allowance ranging from P55,000 to P138,000. The scholarship is structured to allow students to pursue studies in more than one university across Europe.
European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen urged the scholars "to become ambassadors of goodwill and agents of change to help strengthen the partnership between the EU and the Philippines."
He also urged the scholars "to give back to their country after they finished their programme in the EU," the delegation said in a statement.
More than 200 Filipino students and lecturers have benefited from the program since 2004.